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Lesk: Introduction to Genomics 2e

Guided tour of web sites in genomics

The web is very rich in web sites that provide (1) sources of data, and (2) tools for data analysis. In many cases there is a trend towards integration of these two aspects of information storage and retrieval. The goal is a smooth link between identifying and collecting the information one needs to perform an analysis, and the feeding of the data into an appropriate tool for performing the computations.

There is also a trend towards integration of databases, to facilitate queries that require access to several separate information repositories. The reader is encouraged to learn his or her way around GenBank and the European Bioinformatics Institute databases and tools. These sources provide close to 'one-stop shopping' for research in genomics and molecular biology. Another advantage of the major databases is that most provide tutorial material and even a facility to answer queries.